And no, I'm not talking about that movie about landing on the moon
Instead my friends, I'm talking (happily, I might add) about the new first spouse here in Colorado. Yes, my state has now elected the first openly gay governor in the country (In years past, a governor admitted being gay immediately before resigning, and there is a bisexual governor, not elected as such). As Jared Polis prepared to move into the governor's mansion here in a few months, he brings with him two lovely children-and a long time (very long time) partner). So yes!! Colorado has a first man.
As if that were not enough, we also gained a Democratic representative in my area. Something that pleases me even though the Republican was a man of honor who got screwed over by Trump. The Republican party took away all his money and support six weeks ago-simply because he was pro refugee. But that's another story.
In other election news, Beto lost to Ted Cruz as we mostly knew he would. But he scared the shit (literally I expect) out of old smarmy Ted. He leaves behind a huge war chest and an organization for the next Democratic candidate in the future purple state. And at least three Democratic representatives rode his coat tails to oust a couple long time Texas representatives in some traditionally VERY conservative areas of Texas(farewell Pete Sessions)! And for my conservative/Republican pals who I encourage to read and comment as alway, the smarmy was intended. No one. No one in Texas LIKES Ted Cruz. They vote for him because, well, he's the Republican. As a person? They love George Bush and barely tolerate Cruz, for the most part,
Meanwhile, the Senate stayed red, yes it did. But the congress, not so much. Which means, no repeal of health care and no cancellation of care for pre-existing conditions. It means no carte blanche for the orange haired one. Most importantly, it means the two "I"s as someone said. Investigation (get those tax returns and proof of gifts together, fellas), and impeachment. Hopefully it also means some actual legislation. This is when we figure out if Trump is actually capable of compromise in order to get what he wants (I realize that this may come as a shock to many of my liberal friends, but I suspect he is. I expect to see a new Dream act and possibly infrastructure).
I did find it interesting that although the exit polls showed people were mainly happy with the economy (even though many new jobs are minimum wage types and the cost of living is higher than wages in some areas) the primary issue of voters was health care. Most of those folks who screamed about the new health care act in the first couple of years, are not willing to take steps backwards (especially when it comes to Medicare, Medicaid and pre existing health conditions).
Last but not least, we now have two Muslim women, a Native American woman, more than a few female veterans, people of color, and the youngest person ever to win election. I'd say the blue side did okay.
And God willing, I won't receive a phone call, flyer, or piece of mail having to do with politics for at least a year. Maybe.
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